Event FAQ's

Q. What is FutuRide?

ANSWER:

FutuRide is your chance to be part of history while creating a more sustainable future.

FutuRide is not just an event in which you can create green energy on a bicycle - it gives you the chance to ride alongside Aussie cycling champion, Cadel Evans, and help set two Guinness World Records™. And we want you to be a part of it.

FutuRide is much more than a single event. It's a mindset change, where individuals like you make a conscious effort to adapt sustainable practices, like reducing energy usage and conserving valuable drinking water. Riding a bike instead of driving a car, where practicable, is just one way you can reduce your carbon footprint. Replacing old technology with new, like the incandescent globes in your home with LEDs is another simple method. Remember, every little bit helps, especially if we all contribute.

So to kick off the FutuRide program, we've scheduled a special event at Federation Square. And you are invited to join in. For the cyclist (whatever level) register your details and get pedalling through five challenging levels. You can log your kilometres on the site and check your progress regularly. Once you've covered the required distance for a certain level, you can advance to the next level until you've reached the end and been crowned a FutuRide Champion.

For the gamer, download the iPhone App and ride along virtually. You can even do both.

Remember, FutuRide is a journey - not just a destination.

Q. When is Futuride being held?

ANSWER:

Date: December 11th, 2012 at Fed Square

Q. When do entries open for the event?

ANSWER:

1st November 2012

Q. What is the name of the Guinness World Record™ being attempted?

ANSWER:

The Guinness World Record™ being attempted is:

  • Most electrical energy generated by pedalling on bicycles in one hour
  • Most lights lit by pedal power

Q. You must be 'this tall' to ride at the launch event

ANSWER:

Please note, due to safety requirements, like those on some amusement park rides, cyclists will need to be at least 140cm tall in order to participate in the event. But you can still join in the activity by downloading the Virtual FutuRide app and competing against actual FutuRiders at the event.

Q. How much does it cost to enter?

ANSWER:

Entry is free.

Q. How do I get selected to ride at the event?

ANSWER:

Qualifying for the event is on a first in-first served basis.

Q. What are the time categories I can enter?

ANSWER:

Youth: 6pm
Adults: 8.15pm

Q. Can I enter as an individual or do I have to be part of an eight-person team?

ANSWER:

You can enter as either (see registration form for more details).

Q. How do I get to Federation Square?

ANSWER:

Federation Square is on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street and is easily accessible by all forms of transport. However, we recommend you use public transport (Flinders Street Station is opposite the event venue and trams run regularly along Flinders and Swanston Streets).

Q. What should I wear to the event?

ANSWER:

Siemens provides jerseys, knicks and caps for each participant. Please make sure you wear comfortable shoes (runners).

Click here for sizing charts...

Q. What time should I arrive at the event?

ANSWER:

You should arrive at least 60 minutes prior to your cycling time slot and give organisers the necessary amount of time to ensure you don't miss out.

The Youth event commences at: 6pm (5pm arrival for 6pm start)
The Adults event commences at: 8.15pm (7.15pm arrival for 8:15pm start)

Q. What happens if I miss my time slot?

ANSWER:

Unfortunately we cannot offer other possibility to join the ride for participants who miss their appointment.

Q. How hard is it to pedal a power-generating bike for 15 minutes?

ANSWER:

Itís not easy being green! Generating electricity requires a sustained effort. Depending on fitness levels, some riders will find the activity to be quite a work-out. Participants should prepare by building up a regular training regime over the next few weeks.

Riding at the FutuRide event would be similar to riding on a slight, constant uphill grade at 20 kph, or into a slight head wind for about 30 minutes.

As a guide, if you have access to an exercise bike with a power display, you will need to be able to sustain around 100 watts for 15 minutes, with regular bursts at 150 watts in order to the power the lights at the prescribed times.

Q. Do you have any training tips?

ANSWER:

Not many people are as fit as Tour de France® winner Cadel Evans or this year's Tour of Spain king of the mountains winner Simon Clarke.

So, for those of you who want to prepare your body for the event - and not suffer from aches and pains afterwards, here are a few basic tips to consider:

  • Get your bike checked at the local bike shop.
  • Know your limitations. Start easy and build-up.
  • Keep hydrated - before, during and after riding.
  • Eat within 30-minutes of finishing a training session.
  • Ride safely - head for quiet roads or bike paths when convenient or an indoor bike.

The best way to get fit is steady, regular, riding - aim for three days per week, eg:

  • Monday - rest
  • Tuesday - 45min at a medium to high intensity
  • Wednesday - rest
  • Thursday - 45min at a medium to high intensity
  • Friday - rest
  • Saturday - 1.5hr at a low to medium intensity
  • Sunday - rest
  • Rest/recovery matters - it's during the recovery process that the body builds its fitness in response to a training session, so don't overdo it.

Ride to Work
The best way to get fit and get to work is on the bike. If it's safe and you have the facilities, riding to work is the perfect way to build your fitness. It's exercise and transport all in one.

One Hour on a Stationary Bike
One hour on a stationary bike is harder than one hour of riding on the road. This is because there are no downhills where you can rest and stop pedalling and there's no change in the scenery to give you a psychological break.

So, get your music cranking or move your bike to be in front of the TV and set short-term goals within any indoor training session.

Q. What happens once I've completed my ride in the evening?

ANSWER:

Each participants need to assemble after the ride, so we can take a photo of the team who participated in the record attempt.

Q. Why not make it easier?

ANSWER:

The world record criteria require that we use 12V car alternators as the electricity generators. This provides a level playing field for all other record attempts. Unlike new technology in the energy sector, these alternators are not very efficient, therefore riders will be working steadily to keep up the power.